Hiking & nature

Gurten - a paradise for hikers

Hiking on Bern's balcony

Only a few minutes from the city centre, the Gurten hill offers a unique view of the Federal Palace, the Old Town of Bern and the snowy peaks of the Oberland. The Bernese «mountain» is an ideal starting point for your hikes and walks, combining routes for all levels and a unique atmosphere.

The most beautiful terrace in Bern is on the Gurten, 858 metres above sea level. Hikers and walkers will find on the Gurten a varied offer and trails adapted to all needs. All the routes shown below start from the Gurten Funicular Summit Station

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    Gurten walkway

    Easy hike on the top of the Gurten, between meadows and forests. Playgrounds and panoramic tower are located along the way. Follow the signs "Grosser Rundweg".

    • Route: Gurten / Bergstation – Gurten / Ostsignal – Studholz –Gurten / Westsignal – Gurten / Bergstation
    • Starting point: Gurten Bergstation
    • Arrival point: Gurten Bergstation
    • Length: 3.2 km
    • Height difference (up/down): 100 m / 100 m
    • Duration: 1h 

    Summer breeze

    The ideal route for hot summer days: a large part of the hike crosses a shady forest. The path starts by following the circular path before turning south towards Studholz and descending regularly towards Blinzern.

    • Route: Gurten / Bergstation – Studholz – Jennershus – Chüeschatte –  Blinzern
    • Starting point: Gurten Bergstation
    • Arrival point: Blinzern
    • Length: 5.8 km
    • Height difference (up/down): 50 m / 230 m
    • Duration: 1h30 

    Gurten Tour

    More sporty hike around the Gurten. The descent at the beginning of the Grüenebodewald is a bit tricky in wet weather (slippery sandstone). We arrive in the Köniztal valley by passing through Jennershus, then to Wabern.

    • Route: Gurten / Bergstation – Grüenebodewald – Chüeschatte – Jennershus – Köniztal – Breitägerte – Wabern
    • Starting point: Gurten Bergstation
    • Arrival point: Wabern (Talstation Gurtenbahn)
    • Length: 7.4 km
    • Height difference (up/down): 190 m / 370 m
    • Duration: 2h10 

    Gurten Classic

    The classic descent of the Gurten towards Wabern, through forests and meadows. Nice panoramic view from Gurtendorf.

    • Route: Gurten / Bergstation – Studholz – Hasebrunnewald – Wabern
    • Starting point: Gurten Bergstation
    • Arrival point: Wabern (Talstation Gurtenbahn)
    • Length: 3.8 km
    • Height difference (up/down): 30 m / 310 m
    • Duration: 1h 

    View on the Alps

    Pleasant hike towards the valley on the east side of the Gurten to Kehrsatz. Splendid view of the mountain ranges of the Prealps and the Bernese Alps.

    • Route: Gurten / Bergstation – Gurten / Ostsignal – Gurtendorf – Breitägerte – Kehrsatz
    • Starting point: Gurten Bergstation
    • End point: Kerhsatz station
    • Length: 4.4 km
    • Height difference (up/down): 40 m / 300 m
    • Duration: 1h10
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      Gurten funicular

      The Gurten funicular runs every day from 7:00 am to 11:45 pm (Sunday until 8:15 pm) and takes you in a few minutes from Wabern to the top of the Gurten. The general subscription and the Libero zone 100/101 day passes are valid. Tickets can also be purchased via the BLS online timetable and via the BLS Mobil App, as well as at all stations in Switzerland.

      Operating times

      Daily, every 15 mins
      Mon–Sat                         07.00–23.45 hours
      Sun and public holidays  07.00–20.15 hours

      Subject to change without prior notice


      Wabern–Gurten Kulm one-way

      • CHF 6.00 Adult
      • CHF 3.00 Adult with Half Fare Card
      • free Adult with GA
      • CHF 3.00 Child 6–15.99 years
      • free Child up to 5.99 years

      Wabern–Gurten Kulm retour

      • CHF 10.50 Adult
      • CHF 3.00 Adult with Half Fare Card
      • free Adult with GA
      • CHF 5.50 Child 6–15.99 years
      • free Child up to 5.99 years

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